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European Arrest Warrants (13 July 2016) (R013208)

Thank you for your request for information dated 24May 2016:

 

• The number of (i) arrests and (ii) surrenders made under the European Arrest Warrant in Scotland of suspected criminals wanted in the rest of the EU since 2009.

• The number of (i) arrests and (ii) surrenders made under the European Arrest Warrant in the rest of the EU of suspected criminals wanted in Scotland since 2009.

As you will be aware, the European Arrest Warrant was introduced into United Kingdom Law on 1 January 2004 with the coming into force of the Extradition Act 2003.

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service's case management database is a live, operating database. It is designed to meet our business needs in relation to the processing of criminal cases, and the information within it is structured accordingly. We do not have a separate database, and hold only operational data needed for business purposes, ie to prepare court documentation; to send and receive electronic information regarding court appearances and results; to cite witnesses; to deal with issues relating to disclosure of information to the defence etc. For that reason, I am afraid that we are unable to provide accurate statistics prior to 2011.

Arrests on the basis of European Arrest Warrants (EAW) are made by the Police Service of Scotland. Those individuals are then reported to COPFS, where they will appear in court on the EAW. We have therefore provided the number of persons arrested on an EAW, who have then been processed through the court in Scotland.

 

NUMBER OF CASES in which proceedings have been taken in Scottish Court after an arrest on an EAW

2011 (starting

fromJanuary)

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

67

101

99

89

137

48



TOTAL

541

 

NUMBER OF EXTRADITIONS FROM SCOTLAND pursuant to an EAW (conclusion of court proceedings)

2011

(starting


fromJanuary)

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

35

90

93

39

78

32



TOTAL

367

 

Proceedings may be ongoing in some cases for EAWs and in some cases persons sought on an EAW may not have been traced. Requests for extradition by way of European Arrest Warrant are made by COPFS working with Police Service of Scotland and the National Crime Agency and partners outwith the United Kingdom, where it is believed the accused may be located. The execution of such requests are matters for the authorities of states where the accused is located.

 

NUMBER OF EXTRADITIONSTO SCOTLAND pursuant to EAWs

2011

(startingfrom April)

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

4

7

12

9

9

7



TOTAL

48

 

NUMBER OF EAWs issued by SCOTLAND

2011 (starting

fromJanuary)

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

4

8

13

12

9

3



TOTAL

49